yellowfish, noun

Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African English, EnglishShow more Translation of Afrikaans geelvis, or formed in South African English, from English yellow + fish.
a. Any of several freshwater fishes of the genus Barbus (family Cyprinidae), so called because of the colouration of some species; geelvis; moggel sense 2. See also baardman sense 1 b, karper sense 2, scaly.
1834 A. Smith Diary (1939) I. 168Fish in the pools of this river of two kinds, the flat head and bearded yellow fish.
1988 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 36The lightning-fast, strong and golden-bodied yellowfish (Barbus species) indigenous to the Vaal and Orange river systems.
b. With distinguishing epithet:
Clanwilliam yellowfish, B. capensis; barber sense 1 a; see also geelvis;
large-mouth yellowfish, B. kimberleyensis;
large-scaled yellowfish, B. marequensis;
Lowveld yellowfish, see small-scaled yellowfish;
small-mouth yellowfish, small-mouthed yellowfish, B. holubi;
small-scaled yellowfish, B. polylepsis.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 48Ten species are regarded as endangered. They are: Clanwilliam yellowfish...Olifants River.
1971smallscaled yellowfish: [see quot. at Lowveld yellowfish above].
Any of several freshwater fishes of the genus Barbus (family Cyprinidae), so called because of the colouration of some species; geelvis; moggel2.